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Jul 03, 2019 03:11:41

Re: 30 Days of Creativity

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Daniel Miller

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Parent post: 30 Days of Creativity

I joined to kickstart my fiction writing. I'm currently in the middle of a story that's taking a lot more planning and thinking than the previous two did, and that's slowed me right down. The planning and thinking don't count on 200wad but it's work on the story nonetheless. I'm hoping once I get the structure and outline down I can start cranking out 200-word chunks of the new story as well.

That said, it doesn't have to be fiction to be creative. Of the seven collections of work I manage on here thus far, four are fiction, two are buckets for what I would still consider creative works, and one is just the crap bucket.

As for feeling a part of the community, I notice that I feel more a part of the community not when I write but when I read. Often, especially lately, I have only had time for a quick 200 words and no time to consume, comment or reply. This has left me feeling less a part of the community. The Slack group helps but it's a rather small subset of the larger 200wad community. The larger the user base of 200wad becomes, the harder it is to consume others' content. This is why I've long asked for an RSS feed of my followed writers feed, so I can manage a backlog of their posts in a manageable reading tool (I used Feedbin). Same for feeds of specific collections, so I could catch up on more organized creative work in a centralized place instead of having to scour a user's profile for bits of their stories.

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    @danielmiller @gabrielgreco

    I actually didn't perceive Gabriel as saying that non-fiction and creative are mutually exclusive. Is that what you meant, Gabriel?

    I had thought that Gabriel was taking shots at uncreative writing -- both fiction/non-fiction.

    uncreative writing is simply writing that could've just as well come from another writer rather than the individual who composed it.

    Abe avatar Abe | Jul 03, 2019 14:06:04
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      @danielmiller @abrahamKim you got it, Abe, it's the fact we all have a tendency to just dump words on the screen without considering an aspect of originality. Obviously it's easier to say this tends to occur for non-fiction, but you've got the essence; why write more or less how, or what, somebody else could write? I'm doing fiction because it's straightforwardly creative. But with my first post on 200wad you might say I was writing non-fiction creatively.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jul 05, 2019 08:32:10
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    @danielmiller Ah of course! You totally deserve the @ mention. Figured I'd have left out some notables. Also you're right in that the community aspect mainly comes in once you're reading and commenting on others' works. It gets a dialog going and brings people in but also does take up time.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jul 03, 2019 10:36:07
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